Synopses & Reviews
“Thebest debut novel Ive ever read.”—Tess Gerritsen,bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series
“Anexceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished thelast page.” —Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Moonlight Mile
S. J. Watson makes his powerful debutwith this compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller,reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who,following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form newmemories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and whoshe can trust.
“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page and satisfying in its thriller ending.” Anita Shreve
“Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read.” Tess Gerritsen
“Watsons debut novel unwinds as a story that is both complicated and compellingly hypnotic. . . . Watsons pitchperfect writing propels the story to a frenzied climax that will haunt readers long after theyve closed the cover on this remarkable book.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” Dennis Lehane
“The summers single most suspenseful plot belongs to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. . . . pure page-turner.” New York Times
“Memoriesreal, false, and a bit of bothare at the heart of Watsons haunting, twisted debut…. Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Imagine drifting off every night knowing that your memories will be wiped away by morning. Thats the fate of Christine Lucas, whose bewildering internal world is rendered with chilling intimacy in this debut literary thriller. . . . Youll stay up late reading until you know.” People (4 stars)
“This mesmerizing, skillfully written debut novel works on multiple levels. It is both an affecting portrait of the profound impact of a debilitating illness and a pulse-pounding thriller whose outcome no one could predict.” Booklist (starred review)
“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.” Lionel Shriver
“An intriguingly fresh look at the amnesia-focused psychological thriller. . . . A captivating and highly suspenseful read, populated with believable characters who lead the reader through a taut, well-constructed plot.” Library Journal
Thebest debut novel I ve ever read. Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series
Anexceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished thelast page. Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Moonlight Mile
S. J. Watson makes his powerful debutwith thiscompelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in whichanamnesiacwho, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form newmemories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is and whoshe can trust.
Large Print Edition - A gripping psychological thriller in the vein of Shutter Island and the film Memento, an amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?
Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight.
And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christines life.
About the Author
Educated in the U.K., S.J. WATSON was born in the Midlands and lives in London, England. In 2009, Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, a rigorous and selective program that covers all aspects of the novelwriting process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold around the world in over thirty-five languages, Before I Go to Sleep has also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Roland Joffe to direct. Visit the author online at <>.